If you are looking to escape to a traditional country pub with an olde-worlde feel to spend an evening, or lunchtime, with friends and family leading up to Christmas, the Foresters Arms at Fairwarp is certainly worth checking out.
Helen Bromwich has successfully turned around The Brickmakers Arms in Ridgewood over the past few years and decided it was time to take on another challenge, writes Uckfield News Fabulous Food blogger Beverley Butler.
I’m not sure where Helen finds her seemingly boundless energy and enthusiasm but I do admire her for taking on yet another pub.
With bar manager Tania Swancott in charge the pub has been re-decorated and the entire staff are ready to great you with a warm welcome.
The menu is varied and full of wholesome delights with many of the main course choices being offered in two sizes, which is great for those with a smaller appetite or those requiring a ‘light bite’.
Main course selections include Steak, Sausage and Chips/or Mash, Gammon Steak, Cod and Chips and a ‘Specials Board’ with Lasagne, Chilli con Carne, Peppered Mackerel Fillets, Cottage Pie, Quiche, Stuffed Chicken Breast or Fishcakes.
Crispy coated Tempura Prawns with a sweet chilli dip, and Fried Potato Skins served with grated cheese topping and a barbeque sauce were the choice of starters for my husband and I the evening we visited the pub, and very nice they were too.
Our choices for main course were Bean Chilli with rice and Traditional Short Crust Pastry Steak and Stilton Pie. Generous portions left us unable to sample the dessert menu despite attractions that included Lemon Meringue Pie, Treacle Tart, Chocolate Brownie, Baileys Cheesecake and Summer Pudding.
The wine menu displays a good selection from only £13.95 a bottle and an array of well-kept ales are served from the bar.
The Foresters Arms is a very busy pub with Sunday Lunch being a popular time – so book early to avoid disappointment. We visited on a Tuesday evening and a series of diners passed through the pub during our visit, which was very encouraging.
Helen says an evening carol concert will take place on Thursday, December 17, with proceeds from the raffle going to local good causes.
The Ashdown Mummers
And on Sunday, December 20, at 2pm The Ashdown Mummers return for their annual theatrical performance. Udimore Hand Bell Ringers will be accompanying folk singers and musicians for what promises to be a fun filled afternoon.’
The pub is located on the outskirts of the Ashdown Forest in the quiet village of Fairwarp with a wonderful address of ‘The Street’, which is basically the only street through the village. Take in the splendour of the local scenery and maybe a walk through the forest and enjoy the country life of the pubs surroundings.
With Christmas fast approaching bookings are still available and the pub will be open for drinks on Christmas Day between 12-2pm and Boxing Day from 12-6pm.
New Year’s Day food will be served from 12-3pm. With a large car park with wheelchair access the pub welcomes children and dogs in the bar – perfect for all the family to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
Back in time
The low ceilings, wooden beams and open fire transport you back in time to the days when pubs were always cosy, warm and welcoming. Driving into the village on a dark night to be greeted with the lights of the pub provide a totally different evening to another that a town pub could offer.
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